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Introduction to Parallel Computing: Design and Analysis of Algorithms Textbook Binding – 30 Nov 1993

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Take an in-depth look at techniques for the design and analysis of parallel algorithms with this new text. The broad, balanced coverage of important core topics includes sorting and graph algorithms, discrete optimization techniques, and scientific computing applications. The authors focus on parallel algorithms for realistic machine models while avoiding architectures that are unrealizable in practice. They provide numerous examples and diagrams illustrating potentially difficult subjects and conclude each chapter with an extensive list of bibliographic references. In addition, problems of varying degrees of difficulty challenge readers at different levels. Introduction to Parallel Computing is an ideal tool for students and professionals who want insight into problem-solving with parallel computers.

  • Presents parallel algorithms in terms of a small set of basic data communication operations, greatly simplifying the design and understanding of these algorithms.
  • Emphasizes practical issues of performance, efficiency, and scalability.
  • Provides a self-contained discussion of the basic concepts of parallel computer architectures.
  • Covers algorithms for scientific computation, such as dense and sparse matrix computations, linear system solving, finite elements, and FFT.
  • Discusses algorithms for combinatorial optimization, including branch-and-bound, unstructured tree search, and dynamic programming.
  • Incorporates various parallel programming models and languages as well as illustrative examples for commercially-available computers.

Junior/Senior/Graduate Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors
Distributed Computing
Parallel Programming
Parallel Algorithms
Operating Systems and Analysis of Algorithms


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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 4 any prospective parallel computing professional 30 Nov. 2000
By Leonardo Martins - Published on
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I bought this book when I was a 2nd grade CS student. I planned to start my research project in supercomputing field. So I decided to study the aspects of parallel computing starting by its concepts and programming. As a programmer I found that I would need the general view before coding. Kumar's book is great in which it gives you generalized overview of hardware and software architectures. He and his contributors don't take care of what system nor language you're using. Instead, they want you to learn Parallel Programming. Scientific and non-numerical algorithms are overviewed and explained mathematically. They prove everything they state by using mathematics. I don't know any better way. Do you? It's worth every penny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on parallel computing 26 Oct. 2000
By wzzhu - Published on
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This book is a very good one for the parallel computing fields. The most interesting parts of the book to me are the parallel alogrithms design & analysis. The ideas are explained clearly and the exercises are nice too. I would like to recommend this book to all my friends who are interested in parallel computing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Parallel Computing (Even ~20 Years Out) 15 May 2013
By John A. Gunnels - Published on
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I will keep this *very* short because of the disclaimer. I purchased mine, approximately 2 years ago, for $20, but it's now available, new for as little as $7. I think that the book is worth a lot more than $20 (let alone $7). It's well-written, informative, technically accurate, and "well constructed" (it puts things in the right order ... in my opinion). Also, it's a good book if you are starting out or have some experience in the domain (I had been working in the area for ~15 years when I read this text and *very much* wish that I had read it sooner).

Disclaimer: I know 3 of the Authors and work with 1 of them
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great details and insightful 28 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
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This one is must for someone who has needs an introductory course for parallel computing. It dealt with the fundamental of parallel computing in terms of algorithms decide.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great 24 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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Excellent introduction to the field, specially for the beginner. There is no other book as clear and concise as this one. If you need an introduction to parallel computing / programming, buy the second edition of this book now!
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